Nothing seems to work
By JS76423
9/2/2008 4:48:10 PM
I have been struggling with addiction as long as I can remember and no matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to remove myself from my it completely. I was doing so well, not long ago, I had finally considered myself free from my addiction, I was ordained an Elder and began to feel the wonderful benefit of having the Melchizedek Priesthood in my life. I was finally free of it and from the pain it caused some in my life.

Despite all these wonderful things, I slipped. Shattering my confidence in myself and back into despair. I need help, I have tried everything I can think of, I have had the help of multiple Bishops who have all done wonderful things for my progress and I have been so blessed to know them yet still I slip. I would be grateful for any insight and input, thanks for reading!


give yourself some credit    
"I am addicted to chocolate ;o) I know that it doesn't hold a candle to what you are going through, but....if I mess up and eat a cookie, sometimes instead of just having one cookie I EAT THE WHOLE BATCH, because"I have blown it anyway". I am a lot happier when I stop at one or don't have one at all.... remembering how bad I felt last time I ate the whole batch.

Give yourself some credit. You sound like you are working hard to beat this. You will. Focus on how far you have come. Pray, pray, pray."
posted at 17:20:40 on September 2, 2008 by ROBIN
don't give up    
"I'm an addict of 7 years. I've had my ups and downs, I've had long spells where I've been clean and free of my addiction, and I've fallen flat on my face. It's part of the recovery process. One of the many things I've learned along the way is that it does me no good to dwell on my failures. When I do that, it only pushes me further into my relapse and makes it harder to become clean again.

Sure, you've made a mistake, but the fact is, you can still overcome this addiction. Shift your focus from the guilt and frustration of the relapse, and put it into repentance. Focus on the success you've had in the past and use that to be successful again.

God will never give up on you. Go to Him and get His help. With God on your side, how can you fail?"
posted at 01:20:43 on September 3, 2008 by zoltib
Join a 12 Step program    
posted at 20:39:40 on September 3, 2008 by Anonymous
Rushing it?    
"Thanks everyone, I guess I have made a lot of progress. I have been reading a lot of these blogs and I would just like to know is there truly absolute freedom from this? I would like to think that there is but, my own issues have made me think there might not be as well as the lengthy recoveries of many here. I don't mean to say you guys aren't doing amazingly from what I've read, maybe I just don't see the success stories because they don't need to write here anymore :) I'd like to think that's why. Anon, I have joined a 12 step program and it has been what turned me around the most :) thanks!"
posted at 21:25:45 on September 3, 2008 by JS76423

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